Dumping syndrome is a condition some patients may experience after gastric bypass surgery, when foods high in sugar content have been consumed. These symptoms occur within one hour of eating. Abdominal symptoms include pain, stomach rumbling and diarrhea. Other symptoms can include weakness, sweating, flushing, rapid heart rate and palpitations. These symptoms will usually occur within one hour of ingestion of an inappropriate meal.
To help avoid dumping syndrome, it is important that you do not eat foods containing sugar (candies, cookies, cakes, pastries, ice cream, fruit and fruit juices). It is also very important to avoid drinking with your meals, and do not begin drinking until 30 minutes after a meal. This will allow for a gradual emptying of the stomach contents.
With the diarrhea, be sure to keep your fluid level elevated to compensate for the extra fluid lost through your bowels. If there is no improvement, or if you haven’t stopped having any of the symptoms above within a couple of hours, contact our office and ask to speak with your doctor’s nurse.
If you have any other questions about Dumping Syndrome, its symptoms, concerns or how to help avoid it, please feel free to contact us at (801) 268-3800.